Friday, October 2, 2009

Icky hooves

Today is a day for asking for advice, it seems.

For a week or two now, I've noticed something weird going on with Panama's feet. The soles have been dried out and cracking a little all summer, which my farrier says is from the crazy weather we've had — abnormal amounts of rain, followed by periods of dryness, back and forth. He says that going back and forth between extreme moisture and extreme dryness has a drying effect on their hooves.

Now, however, the soles are turning white and chipping. This picture shows the odd chipping of the sole:

The sole of my horse's hoof

The hoof wall is also chipping a bit too, but that by itself isn't anything out of the ordinary, as it is time for a trim! This next picture, my aim was off so the hoof isn't in good focus, but it shows the coloration of the sole a bit better.

The sole of my horse's hoof

I'm a little concerned about white line disease, but from what I've read that doesn't affect the sole, but the inner wall of the hoof. In any case, I've got the farrier coming on Wednesday, and in the meantime I'm slathering Hoof Heal on every time I'm out there. But does anyone know what might be causing this, and have any recommendations?

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At October 2, 2009 at 2:03 PM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

Panamas soles are perfectly normal, horses flake and shed off the sole a couple times a year. The reason you are noticing so much build up is that his feet are pretty long and this will cause the sole to build up too. Dont worry about it, it will be resolved at his next trim.
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At October 2, 2009 at 2:14 PM, Blogger Kate said...

As Reddunappy says, it's normal for sole to slough off like that, particularly where there's alternation of wet and dry conditions.

On the stabling situation, it's hard to advise - but could you get a right to take the last stall if it's about to go (if and when that happens), in case you decide you want to switch from the outdoor situation?

 
At October 2, 2009 at 11:39 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Hmmm. Well, this is the first time this has happened in the more than two years since I brought him to Denver. I'm surprised I haven't seen it before, then, if it's normal.

What about the color change? They've definitely lightened.

They sure do look a bit long. Thing is, it's only been 4 1/2 weeks since our last trim! I wonder why he grew so fast this time? The farrier didn't trim him any longer than usual, other than the one front foot that he came back to fix.

 
At October 2, 2009 at 11:40 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

P.S. Kate, I'm going to comment on the other post too, but I talked to the barn manager at the new place today and she said she doesn't anticipate the stalls filling up that quickly. Plus there are two she's using for storage that could be cleared for me if I move into the corral and absolutely hate it. So I don't have to make a decision quite yet!

 

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